Downtown Ithaca Awards Seven at Annual Dinner

ITHACA, MARCH 6, 2018 — Hardworking and dedicated downtown retailers, entrepreneurs, program partners, and the city’s latest developments were in the spotlight Monday night as the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DI
A) presented seven awards during its Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Marriott on The Commons.

“So many people work every day to make downtown a successful and vibrant place. This is our opportunity to highlight and recognize a few of these people and businesses that have helped to shape and grow downtown. The one common denominator for all of the awards…a passion for downtown and the community,” says Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

Hotel Ithaca was named Downtown Ithaca’s 2018 Economic Development Project of the Year during the Downtown Ithaca Alliances Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held Monday at the Marriott on the Commons. Pictured are Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson, Hart Hotels CEO and President David Hart, and DIA Board Member and Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

Among the awardees were Hotel Ithaca, named Economic Development of the Year; Petrune, named Retailer of the Year; and STREAM Collaborative, named Office Business of the Year.

Hotel Ithaca, an independently owned hotel on Cayuga Street was recognized for its recent and impressive renovations. A new five-story annex featuring 90 rooms and a meeting/conference space was added to the hotel’s site and other parts of the hotel were updated.

“The results are stunning. The Hotel Ithaca is now primed and ready to compete in the years to come,” says DIA Board Member and Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

Petrune, a popular vintage and modern clothing store on the Ithaca Commons, was named Downtown Ithaca’s Retailer of the Year during the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Annual Dinner held Monday at Marriott on the Commons. Pictured are Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson, Petrune owners Domenica Brockman and Justin Hjortshej, and DIA Board Member and City of Ithaca Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

Petrune, a popular vintage and new clothing shop located in the middle of The Commons, was the second winner of the night. Petrune features two floors of rotating inventory and hosts a stylish tenant, Hair & Bristle, an upscale salon on the store’s second floor.

STREAM Collaborative was named Downtown Ithaca’s 2018 Office Business of the Year during the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held Monday at the Marriott on the Commons. Pictured are Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson, STREAM Collaborative owner Noah Demarest, and DIA Board Member and City of Ithaca Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

Murtagh says Petrune is a stellar example of experiential retail shoppers will enjoy when visiting downtown. Petrune is owned by Domenica Brockman and Justin Hjortshoj who received the award on behalf of the store.

STREAM Collaborative, an Architecture + Landscape Architecture firm, garnered its award for demonstrating its passion to grow and thrive. This innovative firm first emerged on the downtown scene occupying space in the Donovan building at the corner of Green and Cayuga streets.

DSP Shows was named Downtown Ithaca’s Entrepreneur of the Year during the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held Monday, March 5 at the Marriott on the Commons. Pictured L to R are Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson, Dan Smalls Presents Owner Dan Smalls, DIA Board Member and City of Ithaca Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

STREAM Collaborative launched a novel business model that co-located like-minded creative businesses. The result was an exciting and dynamic place in downtown and a growing business. When they outgrew these spaces, STREAM opted to once again remain downtown and invest in a new second story walk-up office on West State Street.

Cornell University’s CU Downtown was named Downtown Ithaca’s Partner of the Year during the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held Monday at Marriott on the Commons. Margherita Fabrizio, who created CU Downtown and organizing the performance groups for this special daylong student activity, accepted the award on behalf of CU. She is pictured with DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson and DIA Board member and City of Ithaca Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

“The results of their creative vision was astounding. A beautiful loft office suite complete with gallery space that has become yet another showplace in downtown,” says Murtagh.

In addition, awards were also presented to DSP Shows (Downtown Entrepreneur of the Year), the Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca Community Outreach Worker Program(Nonprofit Partner of the Year), and Cornell University’s CU Downtown (Partner of the Year).

DSP Shows, founded and owned by Dan Smalls, earned an award for its dedication to bringing top-notch entertainment to the community and the Community Outreach Program was awarded for its excellent job at informing people in need who are on the streets about programs and services that are available to them. Cornell University earned recognition for coordinating CU Downtown, an exciting and extremely successful annual student-oriented event that joins the DIA, Cornell, and TCAT. Margherita Fabrizio, who created CU Downtown and helped coordinate performance groups for the event, accepted the award on behalf of CU.

Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca’s Community Outreach Worker Program was named Downtown Ithaca’s Nonprofit Partner of the Year during the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held Monday at the Marriott on the Commons. Pictured are Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson, Community Outreach Worker Tammy Baker, Community Outreach intern Elie Kirshner, and DIA Board Member and City of Ithaca Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

The DIA also recognized one of its own during this special ceremony by awarding its Board of Directors President Steven Headrick.

“Steven continuously goes above and beyond to represent our organization. He provides leadership for the board and mentors new members,” says Ferguson.

Headrick has served the DIA Board president for the last 3 years, logging countless hours of meetings on behalf of the organization. He represents the DIA at many formal and official gatherings and he religiously attends all of the DIA ribbon cutting and grand openings ceremonies.

Steven Headrick, center, was named Downtown Ithaca’s Board Member of the Year during the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held Monday at the Marriott on the Commons. Headrick serves as the DIA’s Board of Directors President. He is pictured with DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson and DIA Board Member and City of Ithaca Common Council Alderman Seph Murtagh.

The evening affair, sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company and Ithaca Renting, also focused on believing in downtown.
Special guests Rosie App CEO Nick Nikitas, Green Street Pharmacy Pharmacist and owner and DIA board member Nicole Pagano, and Brightworks Computer Consultingowner and DIA board member John Guttridge each offered master talks about their respective industries and explained why they chose downtown Ithaca as a place to start their business.

The DIA also provided an educational presentation with Autumn Leaves Used Books owner and DIA board member Joe Wetmore and DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson outlining 20 years of DIA history, achievements, and future outlook.